Heritage Park Market Days offers new venue for local businesses

A bakery worker tends to a table of small, cup shaped baked goods. A large sign with the name "Get Baked" in the foreground.

Workers with local bakery Get Baked tend to their table selling vegan and gluten-free baked goods at the October Market Day.

The first Saturday of every month, Heritage Park teams with small business owners to host Market Days, an event for vendors to gather in one place and sell their products.

The idea of a small business gives people hope in a time where the typical workday has been deconstructed after the pandemic. With the shift to remote work, people have more time to do more of what brings them fulfillment. After the pandemic and drop of jobs many people turned their hobbies into businesses as a form of second income.

Heritage Park Market Days allows business owners who work at this full time and some who are just looking for a second form of income. Vendors get the chance to connect with the community through monthly organized events at Heritage Park, a historical part of Corpus Christi. Many events are held in this area due to its significant history and central location in downtown Corpus.

Market Days is a chance for businesses to gather from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the first Saturday of every month. The event focuses on artisans, and while you can find a multitude of goods, handcrafted goods are the focus.

“I liked that there were many vendors and the festival like atmosphere,” said local artist Vasu Berger. “The booth space was affordable.”

This event is a good chance for new small businesses to put their name out there and get a chance to talk to customers in a setting that isn’t rushed or professional. With the lower cost of booth space it wouldn’t be hard for a new vendor to get involved. Starting a small business can benefit you in many ways, it just takes something you’re already doing everyday and learning how to make money from it.

“For people starting a new business, you need passion and confidence in your work, Berger said. “Take inventory of what sells and what doesn’t, it is so much fun in many ways!”

Interested vendors can find more information about Market Days at www.thecatsmarkets.com.

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